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The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part IV—Recovery of Coarse Gold From Alluvial Placers

This last installment in the series will look at methods for finding and recovering coarse gold from alluvial (river and stream) placer environments. Unlike the residual and eluvial placers that we have considered previously, the force of flowing...

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